Thursday, July 27, 2017

Dear MSM,

Dear MSM,
We already know Trump's a rich imbecile who tweets. It's not breaking news. In fact, it's bullshit. Try multi-tasking, only this time try spending 85% of your time not on Trump. Speculation is not breaking news. It's not even regular news. Every day cable and broadcast TV, radio, and the Internet is filled with one continuous Trump-a-thon. It's misdirection and minutia overload to obfuscate what's really going on in this country. The rich are screwing the poor, the poor die in war, they die from lack of health care, they die because their skin color isn't the same as the racist's, they die because of a lack of education, opportunity, and a means to support themselves, the entire government is in the crapper, our Constitution is being exploited by special interest carpet baggers and pirates, until it's become one big loophole just ready to happen. Almost everyone and their mother around the world wants to hurt us, or worse, kill us, and you parade this inept, unworthy, and most likely criminal clown, and miscreant administration in front of us daily to distract while it's happening. But hey, MSM, keep selling that commercial air time and spewing propaganda and unchallenged ignorance. There still may be some who are not thoroughly brainwashed out there to get. Focus America. If you don't someone else will and you will lose your country.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

America's Civil War Continues

America's civil war continues.No lessons have been learned. No justice has been done and the people remain in peril caused by, or not prevented by, our own government. Wars, health care, taxes, jobs, civil rights, violence and the death of innocents in our streets. We've had the same grievances for the better part of 50 years, and for those same years our elected government has turned a deaf ear and a blind eye, choosing instead politics and self enrichment over the well being of the people every time. The charlatans and carpetbaggers who have managed to get themselves and keep themselves elected maintain change takes time. It's been their daily excuse for 50 years to conceal their theft of service to the American people. This same civil war and this aversion to changes we desperately need as a nation has been going on for far too long. If our government and the people of our nation can not reconcile these grievances soon, we will become a casualty of our own doing.

For Love of Country

"Let they be the patriots, who honor country and flag over those who would pervert them for misdeed and wealth. Let they be the patriots, who defend honor, integrity, and justice for all. Let they be the patriots, whose ethics, word and humanity, can not be compromised. Let they be the patriots, that lead this country America."

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Power acquired is seldom relinquished, especially if accompanied by self enrichment.

The unmitigated damage America has suffered as a result of the 2016 elections both at home and abroad, should be a wake up call that it is time to amend the Constitution. There's just one problem. The miscreants we've elected are under no obligation under the Constitution to do so because the result would be a decided shift in power from government to the people. Power acquired is seldom relinquished, especially if accompanied by self enrichment. This must be changed.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

About McCain's Social Media Tragedy

It's tragic that John McCain has taken ill and now looks like he's taken a turn for the worse. While I don't know him personally, we held much different stances on issues, a lot of them, and I've said some pretty nasty stuff about him. Douche bag, Depends, imbecile, I went there. I looked at it like, we're Veterans, we can take it. But the crap I've been reading lately on social media, actually relishing in the fact he's got brain cancer, that right there crosses the fucking line! And I don't give a rats ass what you call yourselves politically.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

There is a malignancy in America that's killing us, but the cure is purposely being ignored.

America has struggled over how to ensure affordable health care for decades, long before President Obama. It's not like this is all Obama's fault. At least he tried to do something. And, it's not like he wasn't obstructed up the ying ying at every turn. The point is, the ACA was only a band-aid on the hemorrhaging state of health care in America. It was incapable of being more because of its poor design elements. Once Obama ripped the scab off of American health care, everyone should have known going forward that anything new would eventually have to be modified as required, if it was to accommodate the growing health care needs of the masses.

The ACA (ObamaCare) has been in an incubator in ICU fighting for it's life since it was signed into law on March 10, 2010 and the only doctor Republicans could find to save the patient (America) was Kavorkian? So much for pro life. What the ACA desperately needed was an expert emergency surgical team to come in and cut out the malignancy that's killing the patient. The for profit health insurance industry is that malignancy. Choosing the Kavorkian approach, the Republicans have chosen to save the life of the for profit insurance industry, allowing it to metastasize instead of letting that surgical team save the lives of the patients, the America people.

There are a plethora of problems with health care in America. Affordability, access, and the ability to find doctors who will take your insurance plan if you can find one you can actually afford are the biggest problems. That's mostly because of the way it was allowed to be set up and run. We chose to allow a profit driven industry to take command over the health, life, and death of people based on their marketing and risk management skills. The government can not continue to subsidize and endorse the for profit health insurance industry whose principle driver is profit over life. Imagine a "health" industry, whose risk mitigation strategy considers the delivery of health care a risk. Then imagine, that is how Americans are delivered health care. One doesn't have to imagine. That's how it's done here in America.

Health care is a right, it is not a risk, and it should not be run by for profit corporations whose bottom line come first and considers the delivery of health care a risk to mitigate. I would also add "physician heal thyself". They shoulder a lot of the blame for the state of health care in America. It started to go down hill when they traded their bedside manner and Hippocratic Oath for a tee off time. I do believe however, the disastrous effects of a profit driven health care industry are not irreversible. There's still time to save the lives of Americans but it has to be done now before more patients expire. The cure is Single Payer/Medicare for All/Universal Health Care (call it what you will). A national health care system for all Americans makes perfect sense and we've seen the other way doesn't work. If America doesn't make the transition to a Universal Health Care type system and doesn't make it soon, the next doctor they see may be named Kavorkian, I'm pretty sure we all know where that goes.
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

H.R.676 Changes I'd like to see...This is just a start.

Changes I'd like to see made to H.R.676 (single payer)
These changes are not complete and only a start.

SEC. 101. ELIGIBILITY AND REGISTRATION.
STRIKE:(a) "In General"

(b) Registration
STRIKE: "at a health care provider"
INSERT: on line or by mail

(d) Residency Criteria
STRIKE: "residency for" and "purposes"
INSERT: undocumented individuals

SEC. 102. BENEFITS AND PORTABILITY.
STRIKE (a) "In General"

(11) The full scope of dental services,
NEEDS WORK AROUND FOR IMPLANTS, BRIDGES, AND CROWNS WHICH COULD BE CONSTRUED TO BE COSMETIC PURPOSES. MUST INCLUDE PREVENTIVE CARE/CHECK UPS.

(13) Chiropractic services
STRIKE: not including electrical stimulation.

(14) Basic vision care and vision correction
STRIKE: (other than laser vision correction for cosmetic purposes).
Let's face it, getting rid of glasses will be construed as cosmetic purposes.

INSERT:
(17) WOMEN'S CARE INCLUDING PREGNANCY, PRENATAL, CHILD BIRTH, BIRTH CONTROL, AND ABORTION.
IN CASES OF ABORTION, NO ABORTION SHALL BE PERFORMED FOR PURPOSES OF GENDER GUARANTEE. PATIENT'S PHYSICIAN MUST CONCUR ABORTION IS PREFERRED MEDICAL TREATMENT.

(b) Portability
STRIKE: qualified to provide the benefits.
INSERT: LICENSED AND QUALIFIED TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE.

SEC. 103. QUALIFICATION OF PARTICIPATING PROVIDERS.
(a) Requirement To Be Public Or Non-Profit.—

(1) IN GENERAL.
STRIKE: THE ENTIRE SECTION (a)
WE DON'T CARE WHO OWNS THEM. TO PARTICIPATE THEY MUST AGREE TO ACCEPT THE SCHEDULE OF RATES AS DEFINED AND NOT DIFFERENTIATE OR REDUCE THE LEVEL OF MEDICAL CARE/SERVICES FOR MEDICARE PATIENTS.

(b) Quality Standards.—
A MINIMUM FEDERAL STANDARD MUST BE CREATED AND ALL STATES MUST ADHERE TO MINIMUM FEDERAL STANDARDS.

(1) IN GENERAL...receive global budgets or capitation payments as specified in section 202.
WHY?

(2) EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATIONS...
WE CAN ILL AFFORD TO EXCLUDE EXISTING, LICENSED, BONA FIDE HEALTH CARE SERVICE PROVIDERS. THIS NEEDS TO BE REWORKED.

Universal Health Care/Single Payer - It's not politics, it's common sense.

If we seriously want to cut the budget then we must deescalate military conflicts, rewrite the tax code, then surround Capitol Hill, and lock up everyone for dereliction of sanity. Then start all over again from scratch. Notify SCOTUS and every member of Congress, that from 1 year after the current fiscal year they may remain on the bench or in office for eight years. Hey, cutting the budget requires some drastic changes. We spend more on a military budget than the entire world combined and we can't ensure Americans get the health care they need without paying an arm and a leg? It has to stop. We must transition our health care system to a single payer/medicare for all type system. It must be a national system that includes every state and territory of the United States. It is for the good of the county and has nothing to do with if you are a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent, Green Party (oh by the way they already know), Berniecrat, Clintonite, Reaganite, Trumpster, or any other political persuasion. It's not politics it's just common sense. Instead of trying to figure out how to assist the for profit health insurance industry in extorting skyrocketing health insurance premiums from Americans, we should be figuring out how to just pay for the health care they need and forget about the middle man.

There's a lot to worry about in America right now. The current administration may fall quicker than Paris Hilton's panties, and the Republicans want to place 24 million people in peril of being without health care. Mostly because they want a tax break for the rich. The middle class is taking it from all sides. But people, we can chew gum and walk at the same time. Our path is clear. Affordable, universal health care for all Americans. Anytime, anyplace in America. All you'll need is a medicare type ID card. Show them your card and your taxes take care of the rest. You'll pay a bit more in taxes but much less than you'd be paying for your current insurance premiums and deductibles. Being a national medical plan, every state must participate or lose all federal funding. There's is no playing around here anymore. Additionally, states must require in writing, an acknowledgment and consent of all physicians seeking a licence to practice medicine in the United States, that they will participate and accept national health care patients. This includes dentists as well. If you want to practice medicine in America it's going to be a part of your license requirement. We all must make sacrifices if we are to finally have affordable health care and we're not going to get there with the for profit insurance industry at the helm.

It makes sense because everyone is in. There are no risk pools for this or that. It's one big pool. The combined buying power of every American is the only negotiating tool to lower costs. That is our power and we must use it. It's time to tell the gougers to lower their prices or find another profession. That $20 aspirin, that's going to be 20 cents now so get over it. Couldn't negotiate for lower drug pricing before? Well now they'll be negotiating against everyone in American. Let's see how that works out for them. Oh and those of you who don't want to pay for someone else's health care or procedure. Smile, they won't be paying for yours either. But you'll both be paying taxes and saving money. Stay focused America. The Republicans in this country may be taking away your health care and no one cares but you. That's not something I'm willing to let them do, you shouldn't either. Single Payer Now!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

ObamaCare is a failure...No, Republicans killed it.

I'd like to preface this by first saying that after decades of destroying bank accounts, defrauding government and tax payers, disregarding the well being of patients and the advice of physicians, I think America has had enough of the for profit health insurance industry's version of health care. They in business to make money from profit-over-life risk management where providing adequate health care is a risk to be mitigated. You can call it insurance, call it skyrocketing premiums, but don't call it health care.

Some say the Obama administration passed the most comprehensive health care legislation since Medicare and Medicaid. Some have quite a different story. For many, it boils down to their ability to see a doctor when they need to without going broke or bankrupt. I have personal knowledge on this issue.

ObamaCare was an attempt to slow the out of control costs of health care in America. Since insurance companies were calling the shots, President Obama's logical step was to engage them. In his pocket, if he could put it off, was a deal whereby every American would be required buy a health insurance policy if one wasn't provided by their employer. The biggest gift ever to the for profit health insurance industry. A deal they couldn't and wouldn't take because it would require minimum standards of health care for the masses. They couldn't take it because they couldn't do it profitably.

The Republicans saw this Affordable Care Act as an attempt of a government take over of health care. They totally missed that it was really the for profit health insurance industry that would be doing the taking over. That mattered not to Republicans and sadly some Democrats. The Republican's dislike for Obama and his path of cautious optimism became quite obvious when their mouthpiece blurted out over national television that the Republican party's sole purpose going forward, would be to make Obama a one term president. They then began to obstruct in any manner possible, any advancements and implementation of Obama's health care legislation in every state in America. The thing is, there was so much in it, according to Nancy Pelosi, that "we won't know what's in it until we pass it." Now that little literary creation has become the Republican's theme, as they attempt to repeal and replace ObamaCare without killing anyone. By the way, the money they claim they will save will go to the rich as tax breaks.

ObamaCare relied on the expansion of the proven health care provisions of Medicare and Medicaid and expanded "health insurance markets". Insurance reneged. They couldn't create new or sustain existing markets, without losing profits because now they were actually required to provide a minimum standard of comprehensive health care. Something they should have already been doing. They are incapable of providing affordable, comprehensive health care, because it would put their profits at risk. Remember, the health insurance industry is really a risk management business.

So yes, in some places and in some instances ObamaCare has failed. Just ask states where Medicare and Medicaid were not expanded. Just ask the states where insurance companies failed to create new markets or sustain existing ones. It's could be seen by some as malfeasance, fraud and unfair business practices on the part of the insurance companies. Obama's legislation basically forced all uninsured Americans to buy private health insurance and health insurance still couldn't provide affordable, comprehensive health care. They want money for nothing. Sadly, there was plenty of wrong doing and blame to go around. Obama care was far from perfect, but it was better that what America had. It provided more Americans access to insurance, and got rid of pre-existing conditions. But, obstruction by Republicans and those receiving lobby money from the insurance industry allowed insurance companies to close their markets and purposely engage in supply and demand manipulation of health care access and services. As premiums continued to rise, profits continued to rise and more Americans were getting insurance because of ObamaCare. But for many, the costs became too prohibitive. And worse, they were fined if they failed to purchase a private health insurance policy.

Nothing really changed. insurance premiums that began skyrocketing long before Obama was in office continue. People are still not getting affordable health care and are still going broke trying or just not trying at all. Tragically, Obama's misguided solution to lower health care costs was to trust the for profit health insurance industry when they were largely responsible for rising costs in the first place. President Obama was more successful helping the less fortunate receive critically needed health care than any President since LBJ. Tragically, and for what ever his reason, he dismissed the other path to health care for the masses, single payer, as pie in the sky. Obama was convinced by his advisers, members of Congress and industry lobbyists that it couldn't be done. They were wrong and there are many countries around the world that can prove they are wrong.

Single payer/universal health care/Medicare for all, a national health care system, was a good idea. It was a great idea. It was the best idea for a national health care system and it could be done, but would require the critical step of removing the for profit health insurance industry from the mix. We could have affordable health care for every American in every state, and yet we are here because the for profit health insurance industry has convinced our elected officials that health care can not be done any other way and they believed them. Republicans are wrong too and they'll go so far as to threatened a vote that will deny health care to millions of Americans because of a campaign promise and tax breaks for the rich to prove it. It is unconscionable.

There were some good things about ObamaCare. No preexisting conditions, kids stayed on parent's policies and some expanded actual health care in the Medicare/Medicaid expanded states. But in their zeal to repeal and replace ObamaCare, a campaign promise of a disgraced political party, they either fail to see, or don't care, that it will place millions of Americans in peril.  Some may actually die and Congress, on both sides of the aisle, remain willfully blind to the only solution we have left. We can not allow health care in America to be created and provided to the masses under 50, disparate states ideas of what health care should be for the sake of state's rights. There is economy of scale which no single state can provide and that a national health care system can provide. It will take the strength of conviction and a common sense of right and wrong and a goodly portion humanity, to break the chains that bind health care to the profit-over-life drivers of the health insurance industry. Those drivers have no place in health care. They should never have control, or dictate the course of health care in America. The for profit health insurance industry and others like the pharmaceutical industry, are spending billions to ensure they remain in control and that our elected officials remain indifferent to facts, criticism and the plight of those needing actual health care.

Our Constitution guarantees Americans the right to life. That should include the health care required to sustain that life. Universal health care, Single Payer, Medicare for All, call it what you will, but it's the only solution we have left unless we want to keep getting killed by the for profit health insurance industry, their skyrocketing premiums, and their profit-over-life drivers that continue to be the scourge of America.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Where the hell have they been?

I just witnessed on cable news a report that included a story about someone losing their security clearance for not paying a cell phone bill. What I want to know is who gave the order to yank that clearance and where the hell have they been for the last 3 or 4 years?

I'll have the Blue Plate Special

Fact: The 2 party system doesn't need us anymore. They have the electoral college. The DNC and GOP have evolved. Oh and by the way, thank you SCOTUS for allowing inanimate, lifeless objects a vote in democracy. The 2 party system now operates on big money from special interests and corporate "sponsorship's" on a global level. All kinds of money from everywhere. Congress gets their marching orders from those with the most money. Democracy by proxy, as a sea of strife and destitution swallows up the working class, the true backbone of America.
I guess the good news is that dollar in your hand, that's politics. That will buy you all the democracy you want. The bad news is, chances are if you're in the middle class, you can't afford it and it's pretty much all been bought up anyway. There's not much left to go around. We're too busy trying to spread it all around the world. America's Blue Plate Special is all out of democracy today, you'll have to settle for corrupt politics.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

None but the voter has the right

Political parties are not government. That's just the excuse they use. They are a private membership of people, who may or may not work for the government. If we're serious about fair elections, elections free of manipulation and fraud, elections whose candidates are worthy of the people's vote, and where the most worthiest wins, perhaps we shouldn't allow private political parties running them. Free and open elections are the basis of democracy. None but the voter, has the right to choose a candidate or influence the outcome of elections except by their vote.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Naked Truth About Health Care In America

With all this "fake news", did you ever stop to wonder if we might have fake government? How is it that the US can sell billions of dollars worth of weapons, then set aside 500+ Billion dollars of tax payers money for military defense, yet they can't ensure every American has affordable health care? Does the world hate us that much that we spend so much on war? If the answer is yes, then what the hell have we done and why the hell did we do it? It's getting a little ridiculous over here.

That wasn't really the worst part. Our government, particularly the Republicans, if successful, will pass legislation that will strip health care from millions of people. They are doing it for 2 reasons. The most heinous is a tax break for the richest. The growing lower middle class, filled with the older and failing middle class will benefit little if any. But Republicans are OK with that. They're making $174K per year of tax payer's money, it won't affect them. They don't even try to disguise it. People will get very sick, some may die if their benefits and guarantees are cut by this legislation. Yet they persist with this tax breaks for the rich stuff.

The second reason is that they've been paid very handsomely to become willfully deaf and blind to any health care solutions which do not include the for profit health insurance industry. They're OK with the idea of allowing them to determine who may live or die from illness or injury based upon the sick or a relative's ability to pay insurance premiums which have more to do with advertising than actual health care. This profit-over-life business model has no place in humanity. It is fundamentally draconian and will force millions into destitution as the for profit health care industry squeezes the last dollar out of Americans or lets them die. This is the Republican answer to health care in America. Sadly, it appears many Democrats feel the same way. They just got to have affordable health insurance. When it's affordable health care they really need.

The ACA has been in place for what now, about 7 years? The Republicans claim that insurance premiums are going up because of ObamaCare. That's depends on who's getting rich. My memory isn't that short. Insurance premiums have been sky rocketing for decades, then they took a page from the canned soup industry, packaging less but charging more.  This didn't happen because of the Obama administration. On the contrary, This has been going on LONG before him. He only sought a solution. And he probably would have had a much better success had the mouth peace for the Republican carpetbaggers not blurted out how they were bound and determined to make him a 1 term president. Then proceeded to direct Republicans all over America to obstruct and hinder in every way possible, the crucial steps to full implementation of the ACA on a state wide basis. In hind sight, the Republican's anti Obama obsessiveness appears psychotic. Don't get me wrong, the ACA is no piece of cake. It was rather poorly thought out, but It was better than what we had. We always seem to settle.

If you missed any of that, here's the kicker. The ACA was responsible for getting millions more Americans sucked into the web of for profit health insurance at the risk of actual health care. It cemented into the fabric of America's health care system, the for profit health insurance industry's profit-over-life business driver. We've got to break up that cement.

I'm all for letting insurance companies do what they do best. Insure cars and truck, boats and homes. You know, that kind of stuff. But this, this has got to stop. They've been bankrupting us for decades and have been responsible for a lot of death along the way. Non profit, Medicare for all, universal health care, single payer, what ever you want to call it, is really America's last hope. Both political parties, the Republicans and Democrats, are receiving lobby money or favor from the for-profit health care industry and they are standing in the way of affordable health care. What our government is doing to the health and well being of the American people, is not the life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness the Constitution had in mind.

When Eyes Deceive and Words Lie, There Is Complicity and Deception

Now that you've clicked the link...You can all go back to your local discussions about that uh oh moment when accordingly, we discovered we've all been victims of a psychological warfare attack, whose objective was to make eyes not see and words not match the truth. The test of democracy is in the eyes, words, and mind of the people. When eyes deceive and words lie, there is complicity and deception.

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Emptiness in Closed Eyes...

Yeah...I'm that guy...I'm the agitator. The face book group Run Tulsi Run doesn't want to hear anything that rocks their milquetoast boat...I write, I only call people names when they call me names. Almost everything I've posted gets favorable likes..yet gets deleted because apparently, the purpose of the group is just rah, rah, rah, and not really interested in solving or discussing the REAL issues that plague America especially anything thought provoking or controversial, or an occasional opposing view...Thing is...I've got to wonder if the REAL Tulsi Gabbard is involved A...and B...would she approve of how they systematically delete posts which stir though and reason.rather than become blind followers and lemmings which is how I seem to remember the status quo Democrats acting. They don't want anyone posting anything if it's too thought provoking apparently. If the REAL Tulsi Gabbard actually has anything to do with this group or worse, condones the manner in which this stuff goes down....Perhaps I need a second look. Thing is, I've been pushing the idea of Tulsi Gabbard for president in 2020 since Nov. 2016...so yeah...maybe I do need to take a second look. Granted, it is just a facebook page...and compared to protests and water cannons, it's a spit in the ocean...but just sayin...Hopefully the above is just a case of misconception...anyhow...

You can all go back to your local discussions about that uh oh moment when accordingly, we discover we've all been victims of a psychological warfare attack, whose objective was to make eyes not see and words not match the truth. The test of democracy is in the eyes, words, and mind of the people. When eyes deceive and words lie, there is complicity.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Let me tell you about trust...

Trust that we'll do the right thing after 241 years? Let me tell you about trust. I was betrayed by my party, my candidate, my president, my Congress, my government, and now my country... and the way things are going, it won't be long until I lose trust in the Constitution. The one that I donned a uniform for and took an oath to defend against all enemies both foreign and domestic. So don't lecture me about trust or my country. I think I got this one.

Monday, July 3, 2017

It's America's Birthday...There's a lot of people not very happy...

It's the day before we commemorate our independence from Great Britain 241 years ago. Yet, the mood of the nation is one that calls out for impeachment, charges of treason, collusion, financial crimes, and other high crimes and misdemeanors. We have conservatives voting on tax breaks for the rich disguised as a health care bill, that will ensure millions lose their health care putting their very lives in peril. We have enough problems to go around.

However, if we are to evade the embarrassment of another impeachment and a triggering of the line of succession, our only hope is that the scope of Mueller's investigation is wide and encompasses a strategy of simultaneous, multi agency and multi jurisdictional operations.

It is this citizen's concern that in the case of the United States vs Donald Trump, President, the Constitutional line of succession may contain possible persons of interest in several ongoing investigations, or worse, defendants in Federal prosecutions. Let the fire works begin.